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they took me out of the car, they had me kneel, i was sure after that that they were going to kill me. >> narrator: she was a traveler, adventure, reporter, then she became a prisoner. >> i was sure they were going to kill me. >> narrator: taken hostage in the most dangerous place on earth. her hope for freedom -- >> mom i love you. >> narrator: her mother would turn investigator and negotiator. >> it was heart ache.
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>> narrator: could she save her only daughter? >> it was something i had to do. i had to be strong for her. >> narrator: kidnapped. but first tonight, a very different story of survival, just as dramatic. this one takes place at the top of the world. >> the holy grail of mountain r mountaineering. >> this is the moment i've been dreaming of. >> every single one of these people's lives are at risk. >> narrator: maybe you dreamed about it, they set out to do it. conquer mt. everest. >> show everybody how deep that is. >> narrator: but would the mountain conquer them. >> you keep going, you will die. >> narrator: it's an adventure story like you have never seen, because you are there for every treacherous step. >> i had no idea that what i was watching was actually one of the
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worst tragedies in everest's history. >> narrator: i'm lester holt, and this "dateline" is the ultimate cliffhanger. >> the mountain is mysterious, deadly, irresistible. >> it's as close as you can get to being in outer space. >> narrator: it dares climbers to risk everything for the glory of standing at the highest point on earth. over the years, hundreds of them haven't made it back. >> the thing about dying on everest is not a painful gruesome death, it's just about giving up and floating off. >> narrator: yet that doesn't stop the throngs from coming every spring. >> it's like lining up to go to a rock concert, except they're all clbing at 25,000 feet, inches away from death. >> narrator: so it is that one day last year, the people you're
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about to meet crossed paths at the summit of everest. they would all make choices that would make the difference between life and death. >> we were not really climbing a mountain but seeing one horrible moment after another. >> narrator: their cameras captured most of it. >> i'm going to show everybody at home how deep that thing is. pretty deep. >> narrator: at some point everyone on this expedition would tempt fate. >> here we are at camp 4, death zone. >> narrator: it would be a harrowing tale to tell the folks back home, but only for the ones lucky enough to live to tell about it. john krazowski was there. >> at what point did you make
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the decision to go to everest? >> i said what is the tallest mountain on earth and when i learned about it, i said i'm going to climb mt. everest someday. >> narrator: he's been skiing all his life. he mastered all the peaks in colorado, 58 of them in just 60 days. he also climbed in north and south america. but he always set his mind to everest. >> i think i set everest in my mind. >> narrator: so early in 2012, kowzowski would meet the team with whom he would finally climb mt. everest. one of them stood out, a 34-year-old canadian climber, sarah duke.
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this was the first time she would attempt the dangers of climbing the summit. 12 years earlier, she had hiked to the base of the mountain which had spiked her dream. >> i saw at the base of the mountain, this is something people actually do. sandra la duke is actually a lawyer and diplomat. to train for everest, she had climbed the highest peaks on four different continents and more. >> i started adding on levels of difficulty. winter camping, taking lessons in ice climbing, taking lessons on glacier travel. >> th >> narrator: they arrived at base camp on the summit of their dreams.
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>> we're ready to climb up it. >> narrator: one day they were walking with a friend when they saw this poster of a canadian climber. >> they were both put off by it because they were both climbers and they're like who is this climber? >> narrator: it was sharita shaw. she was born in nepal. she said she had secretly dreamed about climbing the world's tallest peak all her life. >> it was something i could see myself doing. >> narrator: less than a year for the 2012 climbing season, skr sharita decided that day had finally come. she gave her husband the news. >> she said i'm going to climb mt. everest.
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by the time she told me about her plan, there was nothing i could do to talk her out of it. and believe me, i tried. >> i wanted to give the message, follow your dream. you have one life, live your life. >> narrator: sharita had no previous mountaineering experience. she hiked on the subtle hills near toronto. she lugged a heavy backpack up the 50 flights to her toronto apartment. she would need an outfit to provide her with sherpas, food and supplies. she found a local outfitters company. they charged sharita top dollar, more than $40,000, add travel and equipment and sherpa s if
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she made it to the top. the actual trip would be close to 80,000. but she got her gear and went to base camp in march. >> we're ready to walk now. we'll be the second spot and we'll be resting for one day there. >> narrator: by mid-april, sharita had made it to base camp. she was confident she was up to the challenge ahead. >> we're just below mt. everest. >> narrator: at the top, the
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>> narrator: in mid-april, sandra laduke, sharia shaw and jon kedrowski started the climb. jon kedrowski documented the scene. >> you can see how many people are here at base camp. there's probably 1,000 to 1,500 people here. there's heated showers, satellite dishes. people throw raves and parties with costumes and everything.
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>> a reporter that was reporting for "outside" magazine, said the camp is hardly a retreat in the himalayas. >> it's almost like a middle east sound of men moving rocks around, moving rocks to build kitchen tents and platforms. >> narrator: base camp is not just a high altitude waiting room. climbers spend the next few weeks trekking to the camps higher up on the mountain and then back down again. it's hard, dangerous work. everest pushes people to the edges of what the human body can endure. >> 19,700 feet. you see the line of people that will hike all the way up to camp two for further come long nicization.
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>> camp one i arrived yesterday at 1:24. this is camp two. >> you don't make a straight assent to the summit. you make it up to different camps to climate advertise. we went up to camp one, then descended. then we went up to camp two and spent almost a week there. it's really to get your body to adjust to the conditions up there. >> what's your frame of mind? >> i was nervous, very nervous, very anxious. i had no idea whether i would be able to summit. >> if syria shah was nervous, she didn't show it. but she had to be taught everyone. she was by all accounts a willing student, liked by her teammates. but as you can see on this video from her own helmet cam, other
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climbers were easily passing syria, because she was slow, very slow. it was a serious problem. experienced climbers like jon kedrowski know just how dangerous that could be. >> the safety of the mountains, leaving early, moving fast, getting to camp early. you're already cutting the risk down by not being faster. >> narrator: but as the time for summit drew closer, a bigger problem emerged, one that would threaten everyone's climb, the elements. >> the weather is determined when you're actually going to do your summit attempt. >> narrator: that weather usually clears in may, allowing climbers to try for the top. but by mid-may 2012, that had. happened. >> these climbers are all ready to go. >> narrator: forecasters predicted a razor thin weather window starting on may 18. it would be the first and
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perhaps the only chance for hundreds of climbers to race to the top. >> having your first weather window on may 18 is exceptionally late. >> they don't know if there's going to be another turnopportu. >> they don't know if there's going to be another summit window. >> narrator: base camp is buzzing. >> we didn't know if 1,300 people or so would be attempting the summit on may 18. >> narrator: even on some of their training runs, crowds became an issue, causing traffic jams on the mountain. >> people are all trying to climb these roads, so the best thing is to go back to camp. >> what's the problem you're concerned about? >> i think, yeah, getting caught in a line where you can't move up or down and then weather moves in and at high altitude your body might shut down and you get caught exposed for too long. >> so you substitute the danger
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of climbing in bad weather, with the comfort of climbing with 100 or 200 of your best friends. >> narrator: so the decision has been made, with 26 hours of good weather coming, the climbers get ready to leave, so did their sherpas. >> syria shah would have two sherpas climbing with her on climb day. even jon kedrowski would have his sherpas to help him to the top of the mountain. >> narrator: but the sherpas were jittery, three had died in the past two weeks. >> these were all deaths that were seen as preventible or freak accidents that shouldn't have happened. and that really rattled the works force.
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>> narrator: despite that bad omen, jon, jon-- >> coming up, a first brush with death. >> there's an avalanche that wiped out our entire camp. >> won't be the last. >> i had no idea that what i was watching unfold would be one of the worst tragedies in everest history. >> when "dateline" continues. it's a home run right? light & fit greek. ♪ dannon! go cougars!
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>> narrator: in mid-may, hundreds of climbers left everest base camp for the summit. they were all trying to squeeze through that narrow two-day weather window and reach the top of the world. when jon kedrowski and maria figured out how crowded it would be, they decided to wait. >> narrator: sriya shah left with the crowd and started climbing the mountain, filming as she went. most climbers take four days to get from base camp to the summit. they pass through camp one on the first day, then spend a night each at camps two and three, then reach the higher camp, camp 4, in the death zone. climbers don't stay there overnight, they simply rest
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there a few hours before the final push to the summit. jon kedrowski and sandra laduke knew they would encounter one of the mess treacherous parts of the climb right away. >> from base camp to camp two, you have to go through the kudro ice fall. there are constant avalanches into the ice fall, huge towering racks of ice that can topple at any time. and you hear them cracking as you're walking through. >> narrator: the weather was warmer than usual, threatening to melt those towers of ice called saraks and send them crashing down on the climbers. to get cross, climbers have to walk across flimsy ice ladders
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carrying all their gear, and wearing those spikes or crampons on their boots. >> sometimes you can't see the bottom. the crevasses are really deep. the trick is not to look down. >> to the viewers a at home, i want to show everybody how deep that thing is. >> it's pretty deep. >> pretty deep. >> as sandra and jon were climbing, they saw the climbers who left ahead of them and felt good about their decision to be a day behind. the first close call of their journey. an avalanche wiped out camp three one day before they arrived. when kedrowski hiked up through the next day, he saw how close they had come to being buried. >> we're at camp three, and
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there was an avalanche that destroyed our entire camp. >> narrator: the avalanche could have killed more than a dozen people if they had been in those tents at the time. >> you just to hang in there and hang tough and get it done. >> narrator: so kedrowski and laduke continued their climb. sriya shah hadn't waited. she was already 4,000 feet above them at camp four, getting a few hours rest before her summit push. sriya shah and about 100 other climbers left their tent and set out for the summit. they had now entered the so-called death zone, where most climbers can't breathe on their own and require supplemental oxygen.
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it's where temperatures are the lowest. from now on every step that sriya shah took would be more dangerous. sriya was completely dependent on that oxygen. the two sherpas climbing with her carried extra tangings. >> looking back at every rs, you were able to see the head lamps of people marching up. it was almost like the stars behind mt. everest. i had no idea that what i was watching unfold five miles across the valley was one of the worst tragedies in everest history. >> narrator: coming up -- >> i'm looking at that picture and going, has everyone lost their head? >> narrator: determined to reach the summit, but at what cost? >> the two sherpas were saying,
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>> narrator: it was early morning on may 19. shriya shah was now about 11 hours into her final push towards the summit of mt. everest. in many places there was just one rope line for climbers to hook on to. that meant all those people were lined up nose to backside, moving only as fast as the climber in front of them. a german reporter took this photograph, with 100 climbers attached to each other. russell bryce has safely led
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hundreds to is summit over the last decade, he said all those climbers bunched together were a disaster just waiting to happen. >> i'm looking at that picture and going, has everyone lost their head? now if a rock had fallen, a rock, say the size of my body, those people can't move anywhere. they're stuck. >> narrator: but bryce's climbers weren't in that line. two weeks before, he made the decision to send them all home from base camp saying that between the crowds and the weather, it was impossible to continue. >> i think this year was a very special year. >> narrator: he sent home climbers who paid $50,000 apiece with no refunds. shriya shah had made a different decision. now 15 hours into her climb, she was exhausted and frequently had to sit down and rest.
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jon kedrowski and sandra leduc were behind them. >> we're just not made to survive at their altitudes. >> the easiest comparison is to having too much alcohol in your system and being completely impaired in terms of your ability to rationalize and understand a given situation. you're really focused on one thing only and it's putting one foot in front of the other. >> how long on the mountain in the death zone is too long? >> i think a good rule is, specifically on everest, is if you're still going up at the 12-hour mark, there's something wrong. so you should turn around. >> narrator: shriya shah wasn't turning around. now 16 hours into her climb, she reached a 40-foot wall of rock and ice called the hillary step, the last major obstacle before the summit. here there was a rope line for
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all of those going up and down. the weigait in each direction h been two hours long. shriya had been so slow and the line so long, she was now down to her last battle of oxygen. she had object 20 minutes left. the sherpas said they tried to convince her to head back down. >> the two sherpas said we can see that this is not going well, we can see that you're not going to make it. you need to head back down. she said no, i'm going to the summit. >> even we feel like, you have to go, and strongly. she's like no, i spend money and my goal is to reach the sum prett summit. and i will go. >> this idea of being able to
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turn somebody around who's paid so much money to try and make it to the point on the earth that's only another 100 feet is so difficult. >> narrator: the utmost owner gave her one last bottle of oxygen, about four hours' worth. then he left her and headed down. with single minded focus, shriya battled on, until about 2:00 p.m. on that brilliant afternoon, something remarkable happened. after 19 1/2 showers of climbing, shriya shah reached her dream, the summit of mt. everest, 29,000 feet. shriya's husband could finally breathe a sigh of relief. >> i just felt proud. for me that, overshadowed the sense of danger that i had about
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the whole thing. shriya shah spent almost half an hour savoring that moment. >> she doesn't look that cold, but she must have been cold. amazing determination, but absolutely stupid. >> narrator: while she was basking in her incredible accomplishment, shriya was also using up her precious remaining oxygen, which was again, dangerously low. >> how long would that oxygen likely last? >> four hours. >> so she likely would have been running out of oxy general. >> narrator: she had enough oxygen to go up, but not enough to get back down. she may not have known it yet, but she was now in grave danger. >> because your body is used to having this oxygen and a all of a sudden it runs out and it's a huge shock to your system. it's like breathing through a straw. >> narrator: windchills exceeded 55 degrees below zero.
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as shriya shah finally headed back down the mountain, she would soon find herself in a slow motion race to save her own life. >> coming up -- >> my whole face got covered in ice and my legs started shaking. >> they said what's going on? i said we're dying up here. >> when "dateline" continues. you're on in 5, duck. [ male announcer ] when you're sick or hurt, aflac pays you cash. find out more at aflac.com. [get in on the fun... when you're sick or hurt, aflac pays you cash. ...during the petsmart fall savings sale! save up to 20% on thousands of items!
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>> narrator: on may 19 at about 2:30 in the afternoon, at roughly the same moment as shriya shah was unfurling the canadian flag at the top of the world, jon kedrowski and sandra leduc had reached their camp at camp four. >> here we are at camp four, we're about four hours away from our departure at 8,000 meters. >> narrator: that's more than 26,000 feet, nearly five miles up. at that altitude, the air is exceedingly thin, breathing difficult. meaningful rest impossible. >> you don't sleep at camp four, you just stay in your tent and melt water, so you're awake the whole time, six hours until your
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summit push. >> narrator: leduc, kedrowski and their team had decided to wait a day to avoid the crowds. but they still thought they had enough time to reach the summit. >> that's when the winds were forecast to increase, so you still could have gone up and come down within the window. >> narrator: kedrowski poked his head out of the tent and took this picture of the climbers climbing down from the night before. >> what did you realize about that? >> if you've been in the death zone for more than 12 hours, these people are going to have trouble. literally every single one of these people's lives are at risk. >> narrator: but despite the obvious warning signs and the certain danger head, leduc, kedrowski and their team made a stubborn decision. >> we said, hey, we'll just
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leave at our start time and go up and be ready for anything. >> narrator: they put on their head lamps and oxygen masks and along with their sherpas. they would learn that this day on everest had been one of the deadliest in history. shriya shah and her sherpas were making their way down. her sherpas say shriya was struggling to stay on her feet. >> we kept saying, walk, sister, walk, sister, walk shriya, sister. please, walk, shriya sister. it was already dark, we were really worried. >> narrator: the sherpas said she was pleading with the climbers on their way up. >> she could only stand if the
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two of us were holding her up. she couldn't stand on her own without falling. she seemed paralyzed. >> narrator: there was little the sherpas could do besides giving her a few breaths from their own oxygen bottles. they couldn't carry shriya to safety and they knew every minute spent with her endangered their own lives. >> it's an absolute myth that sherpas could carry you or could somehow physically get you off the mountain. ultimately you've got to get yourself off of that mountain. >> narrator: it was after 10:00 p.m. when the sherpas say shriya stopped moving and speaking all together. after 26 hours in the death zone and with little oxygen remaining t sherpas did what they were trained to do and what the code of the mountain demanded, they secured shriya to a rope line and went about the business of saving themselves. 500 feet below as jon kedrowski and his team trudged up the rope
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line toward the summit, their helmet lamp showed the disaster unfolding before their eyes. >> so after that point, what are your options? >> so, feeling that that person was dead, it was keep going up. and you know, a lot of people might have issues with that, saying how can you leave somebody there, you don't know if they're dead. the number one priority was going to be me that high up. and the second priority was to look out for my teammates and my third priority was to help others from other teams. >> narrator: it was now midnight, almost four hours into their climb, kedrowski and his team had literally stared death in the face and started to fear for their own safety. >> i said what's going on up here? people are dying up here.
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>> narrator: the winds are gusting 70 to 80 miles an hour, the temperatures now minus 20 fahrenheit. after climbing for three hours, sandra leduc's sherpa had had enough. >> my sherpa just turned around and said we're going down now. and that was all he said. he just went around me and left. and that was it, i had to follow. >> narrator: but leduc couldn't keep up and in a matter of minutes, she lost her sherpa to the darkness. now she was alone in a very dangerous place. higher up the trail at that very moment, jon kedrowski and another team member were battling a wicked wind on a narrow ridge. >> a huge wind gust knocked me off my feet. and luckily i had just clipped on to a rope that was on the ridge or i would have been blown away probably. >> so you literally were in danger of being blown off the mountain? >> literally into tibet.
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because it just drops off to the right. >> narrator: it was a spiral warning, and the mountain got through at last, everest had beaten them. kedrowski climbed down fast and soon passed all his team including sandra leduc who seemed to be managing well even without her sherpa. but shortly after kedrowski advantage initiated into the savage night, leduc discovered she was in dire trouble, her mask caked with ice and snow. >> i had to take my goggles off. my eyelashes froze together, i literally had to break them off to open one of my eyes. i started to become dizzy and my legs started shaking. >> leduc didn't know it at the time, but her breathing system had been broken for hours. >> did you think that you may be like those bodies you passed on the way up?
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>> i thought i was going to die. i thought there was a good chance i was going to sky. >> narrator: she was getting close to camp, but now could barely walk. >> i fell so many times. i really had no awareness where my teammates were at this time. >> narrator: by morning's life, john kedrowski who had made it down to the safety of camp four decided to climb back up to see if he could help any stragglers. that's when he found sandra leduc. three or four climbers went to helper. >> they each grabbed an arm. >> i just put my arm around her and she gingerly made it down around the rocks and we made it back to the tent. >> jon kedrowski gave you his oxygen at that point 134. >> and that was the first air that i had had for a while. >> narrator: kedrowski said they needed to get downing out of the death zone.
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>> i said we have to leave as soon as we can, pack your stuff and let's go. >> so we hightailed it, the goal for us was to get down as quickly as possible to be at an altitude where we could recover. >> leduc and kedrowski were devastated. for years they had dreamed about climbing everest, told all their family and friends. now all that money and time was a waste. >> what i had seen going up, i never wanted to come back to this mountain. this is the worst thing that you every want to see and i never want to see this again. >> narrator: but defeat didn't go down smoothly. it wasn't long before both sandra leduc and jon kedrowski began thinking the unthinkable. >> coming up, what had happened on the mountain? >> my wife is laying up there abang da ba
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>> narrator: it was the morning of may 20th, and the canadian climber shriya shah had not returned to camp four with the rest of her party. there were many other climbers in shriya's predictment that day. down in base camp, grayson schaafer said it was a war zone. >> all these climbers were basically doing laps. >> choppers were soaring up the mountain climbing sick climbers down to the emergency room. >> narrator: at base camp, everyone was most worried about the climbers who hadn't been rescued. >> they know that a number of climbers still hadn't checked in, so they know something terrible has happened but they don't know the full extent of it. >> narrator: the next day, may 21st, jon kedrowski and sandra leduc both limped back to base camp, realizing that many climbers weren't going to come
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home. they were deflated that everest had defeated them. >> there were huge signs of congratulations. that hurt that we hadn't summited. >> narrator: just as he was packing up to go home, kedrowski says a sherpa on his team, one of the most experienced on the mountain came to his tenlt with an idea. >> he said i want to go back up because i have never been turned away from an everest summit before. it would be like if lebron james came and asked you to play horse, would you say no? i was like sure, i'm going to do it. >> narrator: it seems as if sandra leduc was also having a change of heart. >> it seemed so very wrong. i turned to my team leader and said, i think i want to go back up. >> narrator: so despite almost
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dying on the mountain leduc and her team decided to give it another try. so the next morning they attempted it again. they tried to get through the ice fall before the sun made it even more dangerous. >> we need to be up and out of here by like 9:00 or 10:00 and we'll be fine. >> narrator: they kept climbing all day, past camp one, sleeping at camp two, sleeping at camp three and arriving at camp four on the evening of may 24th. they had climbed 4 1/2 vertical miles in little more than a day. >> it's about 4:00 a.m. and the weather is good. there's everest and the summit. >> narrator: as darkness fell that evening, kedrowski and his sherpa steeled themselves for one last all or nothing push for the summit. >> it's 1:00 a.m. here, there's light winds. we're going to head out for
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everest. we're going to leave in a few minutes. i can't wait to be up there. >> narrator: jon kedrowski and his sherpa, setting their own pace with no crowds to slow them down sped toward the summit. in less than eight hours, kedrowski would realize his boyhood dream. >> i summited at 3:30 in the morning. >> so no picture? >> i couldn't take a picture. but i had video. >> 8850 meters. >> narrator: the amazing speed with which he and his sherpa summited mt. everest left them with plenty of time to see a spectacular sunrise. >> this is it, the top of the world. >> narrator: at about 6:00 a.m., sandra leduc and the others reached the summit too. >> i got really emotional. this is the moment i had been dreaming of for 12 years.
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>> i'm tired but i'm hanging in there. >> narrator: they were still feeling the elation of having summited mt. everest as they left. but just a few hundred yards down the mountain, they came upon a body still clipped to the rope line. red suit, yellow boots, it was shriya shah. >> when i went up and i saw the canadian flag, i felt sick, and when i came down, then i wanted to cry. >> we both passed her and stopped for a moment and paid our respects and said, the mountain makes the decisions and then i continued on. >> narrator: it turns out that shriya did not die alone. back on the night of may 19, not long after her sherpas left her. another sherpa passed by on his way up. he says shriya was still alive, but barely. he says he gave her a sip of oxygen from his tank and was with her when she took her final breath.
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then he took this picture to document the location of her body. shriya shah was one of six people who died on mt. everest that day. dozens more had to be rescued by helicopter. in all in 2012, six climbers died. the deadliest season of all on mt. everest. but ironically it was one of the most profitable years for the governments who charge fee force the climb. shriya's husband, bruce klorfine made arrangements to have his wife's body brought down from the summit. >> narrator: shriya shah was cremated in her birthplace of kathmandu. according to tradition, her husband lit the funeral fire. sandra leduc said shriya shah's story should be a warning.
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>> unfortunately, there are a certain number of people who do try every year who don't have the experience. but that's partly because of the public perception that it's just a walk. >> narrator: the fact remains, mt. everest is not only the world's highest mountain, but also the most lethal. that danger is one big reason why experienced climbers and thrillseekers alive will be hoping to cheat death and live to tell the tale. >> every year there will be a slow brood letting of people who shouldn't be there end up going there against reason and end up dying. more people will die up there because it's the holy grail of mountaineers and it's the highest mown town on earth. >> >>.
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now our second hour of "dateline," a young woman in a harrowing survival story of her owning. >> it was the moment that i had been fearing. devastating when it happened. >> narrator: she was a reporter who suddenly became a prisoner. >> they have brought me out to kill me. >> narrator: held captive in a land of chaos. >> i was in chains, hanging on by a thread. minute by minute. >> narrator: now her mother would become her best chance to survive. >> you're coming to texas. i learned to analyze everything. >> she's amazing what she did. she literally worked around the clock, 24/7. >> narrator: could she get her daughter back? >> it was heart ache, i just want to bring her home and never let her go. >> narrator: here's kate snow with "kidnapped." >> mama. >> amanda, i love you. >> narrator: it's hard to
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imagine being the mother on the other end of this call. >> if you guys don't pay $1 million for me by one week, they will kill me, okay? >> narrator: her daughter was on the phone a world away, she had been kidnapped in one of the most dangerous places on earth. >> i feel so awful, i can't believe they're doing this. i hate doing this to you guys. >> narrator: this mother negotiated with kidnappers, with her daughter's life on the line. >> did you keep it together? >> i did. i had to be strong for her. >> narrator: and the daughter faced unimaginable fears. >> my head is pulled back, and then there was a serrated knife. >> narrator: their stories are intertwined, amanda lindhout and

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News/Business. Keith Morrison, Josh Mankiewicz, Hoda Kotb. (2013) Three young people document their attempt at conquering Mount Everest. New. (CC) (Stereo)

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